With Frank Buncom IV leading the defense and explosive running back Elijah Preston propelling the offense, St. Augustine might have more good players than last season’s 11-2 team but could be hard pressed proving it.
The Saints have stayed close to home for most of the San Diego Section’s first 54 years, but they’re stepping out this season, with road games at legendary Los Angeles Loyola and Riverside County power Vista Murrieta.
Not to mention their annual roll in the dirt with Eastern League rival Cathedral.
The Saints have played 12 intersectional games since they attained membership in the San Diego City Prep League in 1957 and nine since the San Diego Section was formed in 1960.
The Saints had played eight such out-of-the-area games from 1951-56 and from 1945-50 they were members of the far-flung Southland Catholic League, competing against Los Angeles-area schools.
Their last foray against a team from outside San Diego County was a home-and-home series with Anaheim Servite, losing, 37-14, on the road in 2005 and 23-0 at Southwestern College in 2006.
Loyola officials announced that they are bringing in extra bleachers and lights for the game with the Saints Sept. 12, marking the first after-dark home contest in school history and the first home game since 1949.
The Cubs’ home field for years has been at Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys.
St. Augustine played an afternoon league game at Loyola in 1949, losing, 28-6.
A video profile of the 2014 Loyola squad by Los Angeles Times writer Eric Sondheimer can be accessed by connecting to the link below.
The Saints’ intersectional history and record of 7-12-1 since leaving the Southland Catholic League after the 1950 season (games against Imperial Valley teams since 2000 not listed, as they now are in San Diego section):
|1951||at El Centro Central||0-13|
|L.A. Mt. Carmel||12-25|
|1953||San Gabriel Mission||33-0|
|1954||at Long Beach St. Anthony||0-6|
|1956||at Yuma, Arizona||7-20|
|at Pomona Catholic||6-6|
|1958||L.A. Mt. Carmel||6-40|
|at Gardena Serra||12-7|
|1965||at Santa Barbara||7-34|
|1974||at Santa Barbara||18-31|
|1995||at Rancho Santa Margarita||6-28|
|1996||Rancho Santa Margarita||7-27|
|2005||at Anaheim Servite||0-23|